“Own It, Activate It, EngageWith It”Innovation in Public EducationMay 3, 2013CHRIS KENNEDYSuperintendent ofSchools,WestVan...
With thanks to Bill Selak: http://www.billselak.com/2012/thingsthatsuckAWESOME OR NOT!?
Your High School Experience?
Your Perception of SchoolsToday?
The Relevance ofWhat Kids Learn?
Why?
SELF-RELIANCE
CRITICALTHINKING
INQUIRY
CREATIVITY
PROBLEM-SOLVING
INNOVATION
TEAMWORK
COLLABORATION
CROSS-CULTURAL
TECHNOLOGICALLITERACY
CONNECT
ACROSSTOPIC AREAS
Credit: Scott McLeod – danngerouslyirrelevent.orgOur kids have tasted the honey
Whatcould be
DO OLDTHINGSBETTER
“Students today depend toomuch upon ink.They don’t knowhow to use a pen knife tosharpen a pencil. Pen and ink willnever re...
DO NEWTHINGSYOU COULDN’TDO AT ALL
“If I’d asked mycustomers what theywanted, they wouldhave told me ‘A fasterhorse.’” Henry Ford
5 obstaclesNo needNo moneyNo hurryNo desireNo trust
People prefer things that are easy to think about
Know what teachers want
Can I change?
Everyone benefits
Thegoal
It’s not technology
What many want for their children is thebenefits of digital learningRelevant, connected,unlimited
Create a newnorm for howteachers andstudents learn
Can’t scale and sustainwithout technology
TOOLS matter, because tools impact the way youinteract.You don’t need to use every tool, but every toolyou use you must us...
AccessDirection
Moving to one-to-one opportunitiesWhat doesthis mean?
What aboutequity?
Technology can help overcomebarriers of access andgeography
Learningpowered bytechnologyGOAL:Personalizedlearning forevery student
What does innovation look like in yourschool / school district??
Assumptions forthe next 5 years
Learning, not technology, is the driver
MOBILETECHNOLOGY CANCHANGE LEARNINGGOOD WRITING STILL MATTERSUSING SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDSTOBETAUGHTNETWORKS ARE ESSENTIALTHE R...
PersonalizationWe need to narrow the frameworkDigitalliteracy
What should change in schools over the nextfive years??
What wewould do
This is not apilot project
 Assessmentfor Learning ProfessionalDevelopmentStaffCollaborationTechnologyto supportlearningSupport teachers
Teachers will always push the boundaries
Develop a personally-owned devicesstrategy
For all students,on any device, from anywhere
Communication and collaborationAt home and at school
Teachers help students manage the learningTasks, homework, assignments
Personalized web spacesDon’t want social tool – kids want to stay focused
Key StaffContactsTeacher-LibrariansAdministrators“Just-in-time” solution
What weWOULDN’T do
Something for everyone
TRENDS
TeachersSchoolsDistrictsGovernments• Will make it easierfor students...• Will make it easierfor teachers...• Will make it ...
OverpromiseUnder deliver
NEXTCHALLENGE
PERSONALIZED=INDIVIDUALIZEDX
Luke: I can’t believe itYoda: That is why you fail
He says the problem with teachers isWhat’s a kid going to learnfrom someone who decided his best option in lifewas to beco...
He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s truewhat they say about teachers:Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.
. . .I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor.Be honest. What do you make?
This is . . .
OUR WORLD
OUR LIVES
OUR CHILDREN
OUR CURRICULUM
OUR CHALLENGE
OUR WORK
OUR ART
OUR JOY
You want to know what I make? I make kidswonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write.I make them read, read, read.
I make them spell definitely beautiful,definitely beautiful, definitely beautifulover and over and over again until they w...
. . .and if someone ever tries to judge youby what you by what you make, you give them this.
. . .Here, let me break it down for you, so youknow what I say is true:
Teachers make a goddamn difference! Nowwhat about you?
Excerpts from poem:What Teachers Makeby Taylor MaliLeading in Learning –SD45
Where you can find me:ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca604-202-4379@chrkennedyChris Kennedycultureofyes.cawww.sd45.bc.ca
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  • To better prepare students for the future there will be more emphasis on key competencies like:
  • . . . With the world outside of school
  • We can’t wait for the decisions of others – it is go time . . . now
  • Your budget is one-third of what you would require to do all that you feel would be effective
  • All the necessary infrastructure is in place
  • Do old things better
  • If I'd have asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me "A faster horse.” – Henry Ford
  • Expense, effort, risk
  • Result:Everyone benefitsThe “state-of-the-art” progresses and changesIncrease in [number] and diversity of learners (also financial goal of SD . . .)
  • It is access to the benefits of a digitized world that is the greater goal. For our students to thrive in this world, they need to have ACCESS and DIRECTION.
  • To be clear, one-to-one computing is not the solution to any challenge – it may, though, be part of the answer to going forward.
  • If we think by placing an Internet appliance in a student’s hands alone will create a more creative, innovative, or more intelligent student, we are missing the point. Like the paper and pen of the last generation, it is the “oxygen” to breathe in a digital world.
  • Won’t this further divide our students (and teachers) into haves and have-nots?Given that it is unlikely any grand plan will come together to support all students and staff with technology, implementation will be incremental.
  • If we believe technology is crucial for students moving forward, we need to find a way for all students to have a base level of access.
  • Teachers and schools are not going anywhere (sense of community/social-emotional learning)
  • All efforts need to be learning efforts. The goal is to increase personalized learning that improves engagement, relevancy and achievement. The technology is there to SUPPORT this goal.
  • Complex problems often have a simple solution
  • External inventions will continue to dramatically impact what we do, and we have no control over it!
  • Start at Grades 4–7 (maybe 6-8 if a middle model) – spill both ways over time – the “sweet spot” extends from 4 – 10 depending on your school organization
  • Teachers need to have the technology in their hands early on to become comfortable with it BEFORE students are using it on a regular basis. There is also a lot of work to be done to support teachers in adopting pedagogy in this “new” classroom environment.
  • There will be teachers who continue to push the boundaries, who will do amazing and edgy stuff – teachers always have and always will. This should be encouraged, but it is not the base expectation.
  • Develop a personally owned devices strategy that addresses equity. Simply encouraging students to bring their own devices is not enough, or an effective strategy. The strategy must be purposeful, supported and unified for both TEACHERS and STUDENTS.
  • Focus on a web environment / space for learning / personalization that allows a common structure that changes the norm of how we do business
  • Have high expectations for leadership with your administrators and librarians
  • Make our learning leaders our digital learning leaders
  • Find your “simple thing” that changes the norm – it could be:1.    Digital writing2.    Digital content3.    PortfolioNote all 3 fit into the content, learning, assessment triangle. Need to find the one sticky piece to expand learning.
  • Link technology to physical activity and the arts – it is not just about language arts – integrate, integrate, integrate!  (High Tech High examples)
  • Distributive learning – we want all classes to be blended classes / others are experts – get out of competing – let a few do it well for the students who need it  - focus on what we will do for all students
  • Not allow technology to solely report to the business side of the organization
  • Slate crazy (iPads) – doesn’t lend itself to creation and participation – more (at least so far) about consuming information – we want to create creators
  • Something for everyone – focus on some students, in some schools – nice to say you have an IWB in every class – but to what end?
  • More staff (and not just students) will be bringing their own devices to workDistricts will own and store lessTension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!Digital content will increase / devices will get cheaper
  • Tension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!
  • Digital content will increase / devices will get cheaper
  • More staff (and not just students) will be bringing their own devices to workDistricts will own and store lessTension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!Digital content will increase / devices will get cheaper
  • Moving from a space to a plan – how will we manage personalized learning in the digital space?Use the Khan Academy map of an individual plan – layered into assessment and demonstrations
  • Link technology to physical activity and the arts – it is not just about language arts – integrate, integrate, integrate!  (High Tech High examples)
  • Start at Grades 4–7 (maybe 6-8 if a middle model) – spill both ways over time – the “sweet spot” extends from 4 – 10 depending on your school organization
  • Tension between formal and informal learning will increase; what matters most is what happens in informal settings – the true learning!
  • BCCPAC Presentation

    1. 1. “Own It, Activate It, EngageWith It”Innovation in Public EducationMay 3, 2013CHRIS KENNEDYSuperintendent ofSchools,WestVancouver SchoolDistrictBCCPAC 2013 SpringConference and AGMRichmond, BC
    2. 2. With thanks to Bill Selak: http://www.billselak.com/2012/thingsthatsuckAWESOME OR NOT!?
    3. 3. Your High School Experience?
    4. 4. Your Perception of SchoolsToday?
    5. 5. The Relevance ofWhat Kids Learn?
    6. 6. Why?
    7. 7. SELF-RELIANCE
    8. 8. CRITICALTHINKING
    9. 9. INQUIRY
    10. 10. CREATIVITY
    11. 11. PROBLEM-SOLVING
    12. 12. INNOVATION
    13. 13. TEAMWORK
    14. 14. COLLABORATION
    15. 15. CROSS-CULTURAL
    16. 16. TECHNOLOGICALLITERACY
    17. 17. CONNECT
    18. 18. ACROSSTOPIC AREAS
    19. 19. Credit: Scott McLeod – danngerouslyirrelevent.orgOur kids have tasted the honey
    20. 20. Whatcould be
    21. 21. DO OLDTHINGSBETTER
    22. 22. “Students today depend toomuch upon ink.They don’t knowhow to use a pen knife tosharpen a pencil. Pen and ink willnever replace the pencil.”National Association ofTeachers, 1907
    23. 23. DO NEWTHINGSYOU COULDN’TDO AT ALL
    24. 24. “If I’d asked mycustomers what theywanted, they wouldhave told me ‘A fasterhorse.’” Henry Ford
    25. 25. 5 obstaclesNo needNo moneyNo hurryNo desireNo trust
    26. 26. People prefer things that are easy to think about
    27. 27. Know what teachers want
    28. 28. Can I change?
    29. 29. Everyone benefits
    30. 30. Thegoal
    31. 31. It’s not technology
    32. 32. What many want for their children is thebenefits of digital learningRelevant, connected,unlimited
    33. 33. Create a newnorm for howteachers andstudents learn
    34. 34. Can’t scale and sustainwithout technology
    35. 35. TOOLS matter, because tools impact the way youinteract.You don’t need to use every tool, but every toolyou use you must use well – Seth Godin
    36. 36. AccessDirection
    37. 37. Moving to one-to-one opportunitiesWhat doesthis mean?
    38. 38. What aboutequity?
    39. 39. Technology can help overcomebarriers of access andgeography
    40. 40. Learningpowered bytechnologyGOAL:Personalizedlearning forevery student
    41. 41. What does innovation look like in yourschool / school district??
    42. 42. Assumptions forthe next 5 years
    43. 43. Learning, not technology, is the driver
    44. 44. MOBILETECHNOLOGY CANCHANGE LEARNINGGOOD WRITING STILL MATTERSUSING SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDSTOBETAUGHTNETWORKS ARE ESSENTIALTHE REALWORLD IS ADDICTIVE
    45. 45. PersonalizationWe need to narrow the frameworkDigitalliteracy
    46. 46. What should change in schools over the nextfive years??
    47. 47. What wewould do
    48. 48. This is not apilot project
    49. 49.  Assessmentfor Learning ProfessionalDevelopmentStaffCollaborationTechnologyto supportlearningSupport teachers
    50. 50. Teachers will always push the boundaries
    51. 51. Develop a personally-owned devicesstrategy
    52. 52. For all students,on any device, from anywhere
    53. 53. Communication and collaborationAt home and at school
    54. 54. Teachers help students manage the learningTasks, homework, assignments
    55. 55. Personalized web spacesDon’t want social tool – kids want to stay focused
    56. 56. Key StaffContactsTeacher-LibrariansAdministrators“Just-in-time” solution
    57. 57. What weWOULDN’T do
    58. 58. Something for everyone
    59. 59. TRENDS
    60. 60. TeachersSchoolsDistrictsGovernments• Will make it easierfor students...• Will make it easierfor teachers...• Will make it easierfor schools...• Will make it easierfor districts...To beFLEXIBLE
    61. 61. OverpromiseUnder deliver
    62. 62. NEXTCHALLENGE
    63. 63. PERSONALIZED=INDIVIDUALIZEDX
    64. 64. Luke: I can’t believe itYoda: That is why you fail
    65. 65. He says the problem with teachers isWhat’s a kid going to learnfrom someone who decided his best option in lifewas to become a teacher?
    66. 66. He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s truewhat they say about teachers:Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.
    67. 67. . . .I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor.Be honest. What do you make?
    68. 68. This is . . .
    69. 69. OUR WORLD
    70. 70. OUR LIVES
    71. 71. OUR CHILDREN
    72. 72. OUR CURRICULUM
    73. 73. OUR CHALLENGE
    74. 74. OUR WORK
    75. 75. OUR ART
    76. 76. OUR JOY
    77. 77. You want to know what I make? I make kidswonder,
    78. 78. I make them question.
    79. 79. I make them criticize.I make them apologize and mean it.
    80. 80. I make them write.I make them read, read, read.
    81. 81. I make them spell definitely beautiful,definitely beautiful, definitely beautifulover and over and over again until they willnever misspelleither one of those words again.
    82. 82. . . .and if someone ever tries to judge youby what you by what you make, you give them this.
    83. 83. . . .Here, let me break it down for you, so youknow what I say is true:
    84. 84. Teachers make a goddamn difference! Nowwhat about you?
    85. 85. Excerpts from poem:What Teachers Makeby Taylor MaliLeading in Learning –SD45
    86. 86. Where you can find me:ckennedy@sd45.bc.ca604-202-4379@chrkennedyChris Kennedycultureofyes.cawww.sd45.bc.ca

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